NHS England will protect pharmacies income in the Covid-19 pandemic
The CEO of NHS England and the NHS chief operating office have announced that community pharmacies in England will be protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guidance on claiming the additional funding will be released in due course. In this announcement they also stated that all pharmacy contractors that need to shut because of issues related to COVID-19 will be reimbursed.
Any healthcare providers are strongly advised to accurately record any costs you may have incurred due to responding to COVID-19 as you will be obligated to report incurred costs each month.
It was also announced that: “To support reimbursement and track expenditure we will in due course be asking all relevant organisations to provide best estimates of expected costs from now until the expected end of the peak outbreak. We will provide further guidance with relevant assumptions in order to support you in making these estimates,”.
Reimbursements for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
Based upon the assumption of how other countries have done attempting to tackle the virus. NHS England has predicted that “the NHS will still come under intense pressure” which is why they have decided to take action now. Therefore, for services such as “NHS urgent medicines supply service for patients whose general practice is closed” and “medicines delivery service”. “where required” CCGs will be reimbursed which is why it is so important to keep accurate financial records.
Claire Anderson, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board chair said “it’s vital that income is protected when contract work has to re-focus on COVID-19 to care for patients. This kind of financial lifeline is important to preserve the future functioning of the community pharmacy network,”.
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